A service life assessment of corrugated HDPE drainage pipe

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The service life of our nation's infrastructure has become a topic of increasing focus in recent years. While above-ground infrastructure deterioration is readily apparent, the infrastructure beneath the surface can be much worse and yet is often largely ignored until it is too late. Since culverts and other buried structures typically are not inspected as frequently as above-ground structures such as bridges, the proper assessment and determination of their service life becomes very important. The design service life of corrugated high density polyethylene (HDPE) drainage pipe has been a subject of considerable research over the past several years. This paper presents a method for determination of long-term service life of corrugated HDPE pipe by utilizing some of the current widely accepted methods employed by the smooth-walled plastic pipe industry while modifying them somewhat to take into account the unique geometry and installation conditions of buried corrugated pipe. The resulting data when tested in accordance to this protocol indicate a service life in excess of 100 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlastic Pipe and Fittings
Subtitle of host publicationPast, Present, and Future
PublisherASTM International
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780803175143
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventSymposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2009Nov 9 2009

Publication series

NameASTM Special Technical Publication
Volume1528 STP
ISSN (Print)0066-0558


OtherSymposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


  • 100 Years
  • Corrugated
  • Culvert
  • HDPE
  • Pipe
  • Plastic
  • Polyethylene
  • Service life


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